§ MR. WEIR
I beg to ask the Lord Advocate whether he is aware that from the new lighthouse at Tuimpan Head, Island of Lewis, the presence of trawlers in Broad Bay may be readily detected; and will he, with a view to the prevention of illegal trawling in the bay, con- 508 sider the expediency of making such arrangements with the Northern Lighthouse Commissioners as will enable the lightkeepers to report any trawlers seen trawling in the bay.
§ * THE LORD ADVOCATE (Mr. A. GRAHAM MURRAY,) Buteshire
There are considerable difficulties in the way of adopting the suggestions, but it will be considered.
§ MR. WEIR
I beg to ask the Lord Advocate whether the Secretary for Scotland has received a letter, signed by the Secretary to the Lewis and Harris Fishermen's Association, dated 16th November, 1900, stating that illegal trawling is still extensively prosecuted in Broad Bay, Lewis; and will he consider the expediency of securing a picket or other boat for service in the bays and lochs around the coast of Lewis.
§ * MR. A. GRAHAM MURRAY
The Secretary for Scotland has received the letter in question. The vessel at present patrolling the coast of Lewis has paid special attention to Broad Bay, but the only trawlers sighted, seven in number, were at work fourteen miles from the coast. In present circumstances the answer to the last paragraph of the question is in the negative.